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While running the normal 70 minute cycle, my KitchenAir dishwasher

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While running the normal 70 minute cycle, my KitchenAir dishwasher was stuck at "46 minutes left" indefinitely. Opening the door, the dishes look pretty clean but wet (and hot). I drained it (2 minutes drain cycle), ran the "rinse only" cycle (no problems) and everything looked fine. The same problem repeated a week later, exact same spot ("46 minutes left"). In between, it ran fine. Any clue what can be wrong with it?

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Does your model have a HI temp wash button and a heated dry button on it?

 

 

 

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thanks for taking my question.


 


The model has "Hi-temp scrub" option which I don't use.


It also has a "Energy saver dry" option which I don't use (the default is heated dry).


 


A few more details: the dishwasher is 11 years old, new motor from 3 years ago, with built-in garbage disposal. No signs of water or a clog as far as I can see.

close the door and press the following buttons with in 6 seconds of starting

Hi-Temp Scrub
Energy saver dry
Hi-Temp Scrub
Energy saver dry


All the lights should come on, let me know...


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

This seems to run a diagnostic test. The lights flashed 88, then went through 10 to 1, running different functions of the dishwasher. It took a few minutes, spending a minute or so at 3 and 2 (filling water, draining - so it seems). I didn't see or hear anything suspicious, warning beeps, or anything else on the display. Once it finished, the display went blank. The dishwasher is now again dry.

now run a cylcle and see if it still sticks at 46 minutes left. We done a computer reset and if that does not repair it, then we will to anotherroute..


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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Sorry, it didn't help. I started the normal cycle 30 minutes ago. It's now stuck again in 46 minutes. The lights on indicate "Sensing/Soak" and "Water Heating". I haven't opened the door, but in the past when I did it felt pretty hot - so the heat element is working. Perhaps the thermostat is malfunctioning? Any other idea how to proceed?

Can I get the complete model number of the dishwasher?


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Model KUDS011JBS0


Serial FL3719366


Type 577-0

This is a thermister failure, not hard to replace, you have to remove the bottom panel below the door, and unscrew it and plug the new one in, click on the blue link below to order a replacement..

Click here for the correct part for your unit.


Repair Clinic offers a 365 day no question ask return policy, so if the repair does not work you can return the part to them for a full refund, yes this even includes electronic parts that many other part suppliers will not allow to be returned.


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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

One more question before I give you your well-deserved 5 stars:


 


Is this the same part as the following?


 


http://www.amazon.com/Whirlpool-8269208-Thermistor-Dish-Washer/dp/B0050O1L2M


 


 

yes it is the same one, not much of a savings I see, but I guess with shippling you would save about $10.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I got the part but having problems installing it. To get there, I followed the instructions at http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/How_To_Repair_Dishwashers/KitchenAid_Repair/Chopper_Replacement up to step 16. I can see the thermister peeping out of the large plastic cover, but I don't know how to remove the cover and get to the thermister. The only screw I saw was for the chopper cover (I removed it). How do I pull up the big plastic plate? Are there any hidden screws there that I don't see?

THis is installed from underneath the dishwasher itself.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

So is it something I can do myself? Do I need to pull out the dishwasher, tilt it and replace it, or call a professional at this stage?

I can reach under from the front with the panel removed and untwist it to remove it, no tools are needed to take it out.


Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Found it, replaced it, ran the dishwasher - no change - it still gets stuck when heating water (this time it was stuck on "70" for 15 minutes before I stopped it). I double checked the thermister is properly connected. Is it possible the new one is faulty as well? Or is it another problem?